The NDP team worked hard to improve health and other services for families in the first session under Brian Pallister’s new government while challenging the premier and his ministers to reverse course on their regressive policies, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
Pallister Government Must Ensure Essential Medicine Mifegymiso Is Accessible and Affordable for all Women: Fontaine
The Manitoba NDP urges the Pallister government to develop a dispensing and regulation plan for Mifegymiso and include it in the provincial Pharmacare plan to ensure that all women have easy access to it, MLA Nahanni Fontaine said today.
“Mifegymiso is listed by the World Health Organization as an ‘essential medicine’ and was approved by Health Canada in July,” Fontaine said. “When the abortion pill becomes available this month it will be too expensive and too difficult to obtain for many women unless the government ensures it is affordable and accessible.”
The Pallister government must act quickly to defuse a looming overcrowding crisis in the province’s jails that is putting the safety of inmates and correctional staff at risk, NDP MLA Andrew Swan said today.
“We have learned today that the Pallister government directly interfered for political reasons in an ongoing labour negotiation,” said NDP MLA Wab Kinew. "The U of M and the faculty association have been bargaining for months and were already in mediation, but the Pallister government has forced them to start over by appearing to impose a wage freeze on all public sector employees.
Manitoba MLAs Voted Unanimously Across Party Lines Today To Work Toward Improving Services in First Nations Communities
Manitoba MLAs from all parties put aside partisan politics today to voice their concerns about the federal government’s failure to meet its duty to fully fund services such as education, health-care services and services for children in care in First Nations communities.
The vote in the Legislative Assembly this afternoon (Oct. 26, 2016) was in response to a motion by NDP MLA Wab Kinew. The motion stated: “That the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba condemn the Federal Government’s inaction in equitably funding social services for First Nations people.”